The Fit List

Good look to all the local folks who will be running the Chicago Marathon this weekend. If you’re looking for a race, there’s plenty to choose from. Here’s your list:

Weekend of Oct. 12-13:
“Ran”toul in Color 5K
This is a non-competitive, untimed 5K run/walk on Saturday where participants get covered with colored dye. The event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County.
Here’s a link for more information.

Sand Creek Trail Run
This race is at the Sand Creek Conservation Area in Decatur on Saturday. There are race distances of 4 and 7 miles. The race benefits the Special Operations Warriors Foundation.
Here’s a link for more information. Online registration is closed but there is race day registration.

Walk and Run for Wishes
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile walk at Zahnd Park on Saturday. The race benefits Make-A-Wish Illinois. Costumes are encouraged, and there are prizes for the best costumes.
Here’s a link for more information.

Farmdale Trail Runs
The government shutdown has forced a change of location for these races on Saturday. They were to be held at the Farmdale Reservoir in East Peoria, but that area, maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is closed. The race director has received approval to hold the races at Jubilee College State Park in Brimfield, just west of Peoria.
You can choose from a 10K, a half marathon, a 30-mile race or a 50-mile race. There is race day registration. For more information, go to www.farmdaletrailrun.com.

Breast Cancer Awareness Ride
This ride is Saturday from Champaign Cycle in Champaign. The ride is a Trek event, with registration fees donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Champaign Cycle is one of a number of Trek dealers around the country hosting an event. There are 12- and 25-mile routes.
Click here for more information.

5K for Living Alternatives
This is a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday at Crystal Lake Park. It benefits the Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center. Here’s a link for more information.

Captain Ryan A. Beaupre Memorial Scholarship 5K
This race is on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington on Saturday. There’s a 5K and a kids fun run. A portion of the race proceeds goes to the Captain Ryan A. Beaupre Scholarship Fund, named for Marine Corps captain who died in Iraq.
Here’s a website for more information.

Oktoberfest Run
This is a 5K on Sunday in Bloomington. The race is followed by an Oktoberfest party.
To get to the race form, click here and then click on the entry for this race.

Fight Cancer With Your Sneakers 5K
This is a 5K run/walk in Watseka on Saturday. Proceeds from the race will go to Relay for Life of Iroquois County. Participants are asked to wear purple to honor cancer survivors.
Here’s a link for online registration.

Tunnel Hill Bike Ride
This is a 34-mile bike ride from Harrisburg to Vienna on Saturday. The route follows the Tunnel Hill State Trail. There’s also a 14-mile route, from Harrisburg to Stonefort.
Pre-registration is closed but registration is also available on the day of the event. Here’s a link for more information.

Weekend of Oct. 19-20:
OTS Road Race for Animals
Run with your dog in this race on Sunday, Oct. 20. It’s sponsored by Omega Tau Sigma, an organization of veterinary students at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The race proceeds benefit A Pet’s Place and the Wildlife Medical Clinic.
Here’s the organization’s website.

Forest Glen Trail Run
These trail runs are on Saturday, Oct. 19. There’s a 50K run on a tough, single track, hilly trail, as well as 10.6-mile and 4.5-mile courses, in the Forest Glen Preserve near Westville in Vermilion County. The race proceeds benefit the Vermilion County Conservation District Foundation.
Online registration is closed but you can register on race day, with a check only. Click here for the race website.

Zombie Run
This Champaign Park District event is a 2+-mile run at Dodds Park on Saturday, Oct. 19. Runners will be dodging zombies, checking in at safe points and trying to survive the zombie infection. There are various start times for groups of runners and walkers, and you must be at least 15 to participate.
Here’s the park district’s page for the event.

Springfield Marathon
This new race on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Springfield includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay and 10K. The races start and finish on the University of Illinois-Springfield campus. For more information, go to www.springfieldmarathon.net.

CCCHC 5K
This 5K is Saturday, Oct. 19, at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The race is a fundraiser for the Champaign County Christian Health Center. Here’s a link for online registration.

Heartland Harvest 5K
This 5K run/walk is Saturday, Oct. 19, in Normal, and it benefits the Heartland Community College Foundation’s scholarship program. Here’s the website for more information.

Hilly Hundred
Hilly Hundred weekend is Friday, Oct. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 20, at Ellettsville, Ind. This ride is sponsored by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association, and it includes two days of riding (Saturday and Sunday, approximately 50 miles each day). There’s live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Online registration is open through Oct. 14. You can also register on the day of the event, but space is limited. For more information, go to www.hillyhundred.org.

Kick’n Asphalt
This event is the evening of Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Graceland Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur, and it includes a 5K run and a 1-mile glow run/walk. The race benefits the Easter Seals of Central Illinois and Heritage Behavioral Health Center.
For more information or to regsiter, go to www.kicknasphaltdecatur.com.

Running Water 5K
This is a 5K in Decatur on Saturday, Oct. 19. The race supports Active Water, an organization that helps provide clean water and sanitation projects to communities around the world.
Click here for more information.

Friday, Oct. 25:
Screaming Pumpkin
This will be my fourth year for this race, and it’s a blast. It’s in Peoria on Friday evening, Oct. 25. There’s a marathon, a marathon relay, a 6.55-mile run and a 2-mile walk. The races start and end in Glen Oak Park and are run through Springdale Cemetery after dark.
The marathon and marathon relay are prediction races — runners can start at any time after 6 p.m. and the idea is to finish as close as possible to midnight without going past. No watches are allowed. Finish before midnight and you get a tiara and a wand. Finish after midnight and you get a pumpkin.
Nearly everyone runs in costume. My team will be bats this year. There’s a food tent and a band for those waiting on their teammates to run.
For more information or to register, go to www.screamingpumpkinrace.com. There is no race day registration.

Weekend of Oct. 26-27:
Allerton Trail Run
This is Second Wind Running Club’s main event of the year. The trail run at Robert Allerton Park near Monticello is Sunday, Oct. 27. It’s a 5.7-mile trail run and a 2-mile fun walk in the park. The run course follows the river, goes past some of the park’s statues and ends in the meadow with a post-race brunch. The club makes a donation back to Allerton Park from the race proceeds.
Costumes are encouraged, and there are awards for the best costumes. You must register by Oct. 20 for a shirt, and registration after that is online only through Oct. 25 and at packet pickup at Body n’ Sole Sports on Oct. 26. There is no race day registration.
Here’s a link for more information.

The Bulldog Race
This race is a 5K and a kids fun run on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Mahomet. The race is to raise money to buy new uniforms for the Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School track and cross country programs.
For more information or to register, go to http://bulldog5k.coachbails.com. Click here for online registration.

GCMS Monster Dash
This is a 5K run and a 1-mile walk in Gibson City on Saturday, Oct. 26. Costumes are encouraged and there will be a costume contest.
Here’s a link for more information.

Shawnee Marathon
This is the inaugural Shawnee Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 26, in southern Illinois. The races start and finish at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg. Marathoners run to Equality and back, along roads that go through Shawnee National Forest. There are also marathon and half marathon relays. The races will help raise money for a new indoor pool for the Harrisburg Park District.
Online registration closes Oct. 24. For more information, go to www.shawneemarathon.com.

Run, Walk or Scream
This event on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Normal includes 5K and 3K races at dusk, on a course lit by glow sticks, as well as a kids sprint and kids games and a trunk-or-treat. It’s sponsored by Mulberry School and there is free childcare at the event.
For more information, go to www.mulberryschool.org and scroll down to the event information. Click here for online registration.

Running of the Bulldogs 5K
This 5K run/walk in Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 26, is part of Benedictine University’s homecoming. Here’s a website for more information and registration.

Kiwanis Winter Warmup 5K
This is a 5K run, 2-mile walk and kids runs at dusk on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Perry Farm in Bourbonnais. There’s also a kids fair. The race is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Kankakee, and the proceeds help support projects such as kids’ coats and glove distribution, immunizations and college scholarships. Donations of winter coats, hats and gloves for children are being accepted at the race.
Here’s a website with more information.

Tour de Shawnee
This ride is Saturday, Oct. 26, in Alexander and Union counties in southern Illinois. There are routes of 15, 30, 45, 65 and 100 miles. You can register online and on race day.
For more information, go to tourdeshawnee.com.

If you know of an event you’d like to see included in the Fit List, please e-mail me at jheckel@news-gazette.com.

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